US Senate Panel Gives Green Light to Military Action in Syria
A US Senate panel has approved the use of military force in Syria, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
By 10-7, the Committee on Foreign Relations moved the measure to a full Senate vote, expected next week, the BBC informs.
The proposal allows the use of force in Syria for 60 days with the possibility to extend it for 30 days. It prevents the use of US troops on the ground.
The committee approved the resolution after accepting an amendment by Republican Senator John McCain that advocated increasing support for rebel forces.
The measure pledges support for "decisive changes to the present military balance of power" in Syria.
It also states US policy is to "change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria so as to create favorable conditions for a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government".
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Peter, yes your comments are well informed.
(1) Saddam Hussein gassed Kurdish Civilians, no action from US,UK, France etc
(2) Turkey tortures Kurdish people, no action from these same people
(3) Syrian Rebels are ethnically cleansing Kurdish People from Northern Syria again no reaction
It is Hypocrisy/Power Games/International Politics, it is not about protecting people from harm.
"It also states US policy is to "change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria so as to create favorable conditions for a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government".........
Oh and pigs will fly. If anyone believes that..................Yeah, they'll all go home and have "tea and crumpets" and forget all about the conflict and chemical warfare and pretend it never happened.
Its always been the same.. One set of rules and ideals coming from the US and other ones applied to the rest of the world… The history and facts are there for all to read, but very conveniently ignored all the time…
The Americans are the worst dictators that the world has know, but promote themselves as the “ good guys”.. Financially and military the whole world is under their control and are unable to do anything without their blessing..
Showing imagines of children killed by chemical weapons, when whole families are being wiped out on a daily basis by drone attacks is perverse..
Peter Piper, in reading your posts and the information within these; and in particular the second post details: it highlights the fact to me that I cannot reconcile USA involvement and interference throughout the world and in this example, when on the one hand they alerted Iraq re Iran and consequently gave Hussein the thumbs up and advantage to kill people in an inhumane way in 1988, and in 2006 the USA then hunted down and executed Hussein, the very same person they gave aid, sanction and a license to kill. It beggars belief and this is why I find it difficult to be sympathetic to USA policies and as the "world police". I don't understand this hypocrisy at all. And that is just one example from my point of view.
In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.
The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses. The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to four major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq's favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration's long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed. But they were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn't disclose.
The Halabja chemical attack (Kurdish: کیمیابارانی ھەڵەبجە Kîmyabarana Helebce), also known as Halabja massacre or Bloody Friday, was a genocidal massacre against the Kurdish people that took place on March 16, 1988, during the closing days of the Iran–Iraq War in the Kurdish town of Halabja in Southern Kurdistan. The attack was part of the Al-Anfal campaign in northern Iraq, as well as part of the Iraqi attempt to repel the Iranian Operation Zafar 7. It took place 48 hours after the fall of the town to the Iranian forces and Kurdish guerrillas.The attack killed between 3,200 and 5,000 people and injured 7,000 to 10,000 more, most of them civilians.Thousands more died of complications, diseases, and birth defects in the years after the attack. The incident, which has been officially defined as an act of genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq,was and still remains the largest chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.
What happened to worlds conscience when this happened ?